Being a new Groupon subscriber gets you great deals in your inbox every day, unlike being a new parent, which gets you a 12-year waiting period before you can give "the talk" about Michael Jackson's death. Today's Groupon—offered exclusively to new subscribers—gets you $10 worth of authentic Chicago-style eats and drinks for $3 at Taste of Chicago in the University District.
This lunch, dinner, and late-night snack shack dishes out an impressive menu of handheld hunger tamers, all of which come with a side of fries. Transport taste buds to the streets of the Second City by noshing on a Chicago-style hot dog, dressed for erratic weather in layers of tomatoes, green relish, diced onions, pickle spear, mustard, sport peppers, and celery salt, and served on a poppy-seed bun ($6). The Chicago Maxwell Street Polish ($6.25) is another Windy City classic, topping beef sausage with grilled onions, sport peppers, and mustard. Pizza puffs ($4.50), burgers (starting at $5.75), pork chop sandwiches ($6.50), and jumbo wings ($7 for three) are also available, as are many vegetarian options. Top off your tummy with a cold beer ($3–$3.50) or old-fashioned milkshake ($3.50).
Though globe trekking is an effective way to taste different cities' native nosh, if you don't speak the dialect, you might ask for a crepe and emerge with a perm. Today's Groupon lets you feast on far-flung fare without risking your pride, appearance, or pocketbook. Purchase additional Groupons to lunch with friends, dinner with a date, or snack with a group of friendly albatrosses. Taste of Chicago stays open late, M-W 11AM-1AM & Th- Sat 11AM-3AM. Closed Sundays.
- I had the italian beef dipped with cheese.... OMG it was totally tasty and I was happy that it came with fries. – Heather S., Yelp
- Yum in the tum. Greasy, cheesy comfort food. – John D., Yelp
- My boyfriend really enjoyed the Chicago dog, I believe his exact words were "I can never have a regular dog again" – Kristin C., Yelp